Comments from recent graduates


‘Excellent networks were made with staff from cultural institutions in Hong Kong, China, the USA and universities including University College London and Qatar. Making these connections and networks is particularly important with conservation of contemporary art since collaboration is a key factor in successful approaches.’

Elizabeth Wild, Queensland Art Gallery, on her experience at the IIC Congress, Hong Kong


‘Attending ICOM-CC triennial conference was a very insightful and useful learning experience. I am excited to see a committed interest in cross-working group connections. The dynamic ideas presented at ICOM-CC will continue to inform my evolving role as a conservator. I would like to thank the Gabo Trust for this experience,’

Fiona Hernandez, intern at Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, on her experience at the ICOM-CC Triennial Conference, Melbourne


‘It was useful to hear about different interventions of conservation in the various sectors. The presence of technicians, scientists and conservators in the same conference gave attendees the opportunity to hear different points of view.

‘Thanks to the grant offered by the Gabo Trust I was able to fly from Italy to Washington D.C. and take part in this important conference, which was precious, especially because it allowed me to meet conservators and scientists from all over the world,’

Serena Francone, Italy, on her experience at the Aluminium Conference, Washington


‘We agreed to share resources and contacts that we have in our respective regions. We each have complementary fields of expertise, and collaboration between us can only make our respective projects more successful. Networking at this conference allowed me to put my finger on the key factors working in architectural ceramics today’

Isabelle Cloutier, Centre de Conservation du Québec, on her experience at the Architectural Ceramics in the 21st century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture Conference, Boston Massachusetts



‘The survey has provided the means to plan for future conservation work and is a key element in our discussions around developing  in-house expertise and studio provision. The process itself was extremely useful in  raising awareness across the galleries of the need for this skill set and allowed an improved baseline of condition information to be gathered.’

Jacqueline Ridge, Keeper of Conservation at National Galleries of Scotland


‘Being involved with the survey has enabled me to broaden my conservation knowledge by learning about a discipline other than my own of paintings, and I should now be able to transfer these skills to other items in our collection’

Rebecca Moisan, Conservation Officer, Southampton City Art Gallery


‘The survey’s recommendations for display, handling, storage and maintenance, will enable increased public access to our sculpture collection’

Simon Martin, Artistic Director, Pallant House Gallery